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March 2017


Dear Readers,


Attracting and retaining top talent has never been more difficult.


A study done by McKinsey and Co. reports that nearly 40 percent of U.S. employers are struggling to find skilled workers. Unemployment levels – which appear to be low – are actually distorted by the record number of individuals who are out of the labor force – currently more than 95 million Americans..  Many of those are retired but a growing number are people who lack the necessary job skills or have chosen to stay unemployed subsisting on government benefits.


Couple those challenges with the decline in company loyalty and you have serious HR headaches.  Employees want to work where their needs are being met -- and they have no qualms about changing jobs if they don’t feel satisfied.


There are no easy answers or quick fixes.  However, we have provided some fresh insights to help you along the way. Read on… 


                                                  WorkforceXpert Editorial Team


Workplace Predictions for 2017

By Stacey Engle

Five key workplace trends for 2017 are explored and recommendations are made on how to address their impact.  Topics include a greater focus on diversity, change leadership, and the role of conversation.

Pearson Shares Its Learning Design Principles

By Pamela Hogle
Useful ideas and sample design implementations are shared by one of the world’s leading learning development companies.  In a push toward transparency, Pearson shares a PDF with 45 principles, a lengthy bibliography, and other resources for eLearning professionals.

How to Tell If You Should Hire a Freelance or Full-Time Employee

By Kate Rockwood
 In an unpredictable business environment, contract assignments let companies better manage their labor needs more flexibly, avoid hiring mistakes and find niche talent quickly. However, there are  also downsides to consider.  Learn when to hire contractors and when to hire full-time employees.  
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Making Room for Wellness

By Deborah L. Vence

Recent studies have shown that more than 70 percent of companies are offering wellness programs.  However, less than half of employees report using them. Do you know if your wellness program is on life-support?
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The Talent Landscape Is Changing. Are You?

By Bravetta Hassell
Significant changes in the talent landscape require HR and learning leaders to evolve quickly. Learn more about a new approach that requires incorporating workplace cultural change, employee engagement, empowerment, coaching, and much more. 
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